Bid’ah This! Bid’ah That!

What is bid’ah? We used to translate the word with innovation in religion; everything newly introduced into the religion. Since this beautiful religion is based on Qur’an and Sunnah, that means everything outside Qur’an and Sunnah is bid’ah.

There is a hadith from shahih al Bukhari,

Narrated Zaid bin Thabit Al-Ansari: who was one of those who used to write the Divine Revelation: Abu Bakr sent for me after the (heavy) casualties among the warriors (of the battle) of Yamama (where a great number of Qurra’ were killed). ‘Umar was present with Abu Bakr who said, ‘Umar has come to me and said, The people have suffered heavy casualties on the day of (the battle of) Yamama, and I am afraid that there will be more casualties among the Qurra’ (those who know the Qur’an by heart) at other battle-fields, whereby a large part of the Qur’an may be lost, unless you collect it. And I am of the opinion that you should collect the Qur’an.” Abu Bakr added, “I said to ‘Umar, ‘How can I do something which Allah’s Apostle has not done?‘ ‘Umar said (to me), ‘By Allah, it is (really) a good thing.‘ So ‘Umar kept on pressing, trying to persuade me to accept his proposal, till Allah opened my bosom for it and I had the same opinion as ‘Umar.” (Zaid bin Thabit added:) Umar was sitting with him (Abu Bakr) and was not speaking. me). “You are a wise young man and we do not suspect you (of telling lies or of forgetfulness): and you used to write the Divine Inspiration for Allah’s Apostle. Therefore, look for the Qur’an and collect it (in one manuscript). ” By Allah, if he (Abu Bakr) had ordered me to shift one of the mountains (from its place) it would not have been harder for me than what he had ordered me concerning the collection of the Qur’an. I said to both of them, “How dare you do a thing which the Prophet has not done?” Abu Bakr said, “By Allah, it is (really) a good thing. So I kept on arguing with him about it till Allah opened my bosom for that which He had opened the bosoms of Abu Bakr and Umar. So I started locating Quranic material and collecting it from parchments, scapula, leaf-stalks of date palms and from the memories of men (who knew it by heart). I found with Khuzaima two Verses of Surat-at-Tauba which I had not found with anybody else, (and they were):–Verily there has come to you an Apostle (Muhammad) from amongst yourselves. It grieves him that you should receive any injury or difficulty He (Muhammad) is ardently anxious over you (to be rightly guided)” (9.128) The manuscript on which the Quran was collected, remained with Abu Bakr till Allah took him unto Him, and then with ‘Umar till Allah took him unto Him, and finally it remained with Hafsa, Umar’s daughter.

That means, the Qur’an in form of books we are holding nowadays are not found in the time of Rasulullah salallahu alaihi wasalam. So what is bid’ah? Forget the translation into ‘innovation’, we as muslims must really understand what is the criteria for something to be called as bid’ah. So, please read  THIS ARTICLE. I hope this can help us to understand more about bid’ah.

Wallahu alam bishawab.

  1. #1 by Abu Ibrahim on May 8, 2011 - 2:04 am

    jazakillahi khairan

  2. #2 by Jabeer pd on May 7, 2011 - 5:48 pm

    masha Allah, lot of things to learned from this post, and more things about bid’ah , always love to read the posts from this blog, and getting more about islam, truly appreciate this blog,
    “Seek (beneficial) knowledge, because seeking it for the sake of Allaah is a worship. And knowing it makes you more God-fearing; and searching for it is jihad, teaching it to those who do not know is charity, reviewing and learning it more is like tasbeeh. Through knowledge Allaah will be known and worshipped.” ibn Taymiyyah
    keep writing in the light of islam, jazaakallah khairan, Assalam alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuhu,

  3. #3 by Aisyah on May 7, 2011 - 2:21 pm

    When I received mail that you have new post, I read the title, I thought you are angry ahaha!
    Nice post.

  4. #4 by Nabila on May 7, 2011 - 1:42 pm

    Salam, Rialive.
    Thank you 🙂
    The article is very long, but I will read it little by little.

  5. #5 by Ayesha Haroon on May 7, 2011 - 1:00 pm

    Heheh 😉 thats what I mean by!! 😀 Wa Jazakki, Alhamdulillah. 🙂

  6. #6 by Ayesha Haroon on May 7, 2011 - 11:15 am

    I’m so happy to see yur post!! 🙂
    Masha’Allah well done!! and yu really shared the article, alhamdulillah; I hope everyone can benefit from it and clear their doubts abt what exactly are Bid’ah(s) and help them understand the correct deen, Ameen..
    May Allah(SWT)give us all Hidayaa’ and keep us on the straight path, Ameen.

    • #7 by rialive on May 7, 2011 - 11:35 am

      I actually didn’t write anything 😀
      I only made a prologue to the article. Jazakillahi for sharing the article to me.
      It helps a lot 😀 Alhamdulillah.
      And ameen for your dua..

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